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The Truth of
America’s Cruel History

bookcover A People’s History of the United States:
1492 — Present
by Howard Zinn
1980, 2000

From the Common Courage Press:

“Zinn has written a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those who have been exploited politically and economically and whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories... the book is an excellent antidote to establishment history.

“Seldom have quotations been so effectively used; the stories of blacks, women, Indians, and poor laborers of all nationalities are told in their own words. While the book is precise enough to please specialists, it should satisfy any adult reader.”

— Library Journal

About the Author

Howard Zinn is a playwright and one of the most famous historians in the country, active in many civil rights and peace campaigns.

Zinn grew up in the immigrant slums of Brooklyn where he worked in shipyards in his late teens. During WWII he was a U.S. Army Air Force bombardier, which he regrets. As a bombardier he helped to mass-murder innocent civilian people in both France and Germany, in places like Royan and Pilsen.

After the series of massive genocides known as World War Two, he received his doctorate in history from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral Fellow in East Asian Studies at Harvard University.

His first book, La Guardia in Congress, was an Albert Beveridge Prize winner. He is the author of numerous books, including his epic masterpiece, A People’s History of the United States. A professor emeritus of political science at Boston University, Zinn lives with his wife Roslyn in the Boston area, near to their children and grandchildren.

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